Alumni/ae News Online December 2013
About Our Alums
Charles Moffatt '51 has written and recently published a book entitled A Great Cloud of Witnesses, The Presbyterian Church in Gallatin, Tennessee, 1793-2013. The book chronicles the story of Shiloh, organized on the frontier in 1793, and the Gallatin church, organized in 1828. The book begins with Shiloh's role in the "Second Great Awakening" and unfolds the varied events in the churches over the two hundred and twenty years until the present.
Tino Ballesteros '68 was recently honored by the Association of Retired Ministers, Spouses, and Survivors (ARMSS) with the Certificate of Merit Award 2013. Because of his warmth of personality, excellent preaching, good administrative skills, and consummate pastoral sensitivities, his services in these capacities have been deeply appreciated by the congregations which he has served.
Bill Lancaster '73, '84 (DMIN) led discussion presentations at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC and First Presbyterian Church, Dunedin, FL on the difficult and sensitive subjects of the use of guns in self-defense and race based on his 2012 novel, The Beast and the Cross.
Bill Love '77 retired and has accepted a position with Mennonite Central Committee. (MCC) He and his wife Joann are company representatives in Viet Nam and live in Hanoi. MCC is a relief development and peace ministry of the Mennonites and other Anabaptist communions.
Walt Peters '78, '08 (DMIN) was honorably retired in Baltimore, MD.
Robert E. Lee '80 was honorably retired as interim pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, NC.
Ronald Smith '82 (DMIN) was honorably retired as pastor of Maitland Presbyterian Church, Maitland, FL.
Martha Jane Petersen '87 (DMIN), '91 (THM) published a book on art, spirituality and ministry in August, entitled Imaging My Inner Fire: Finding My Path through Creating Art. The book can be purchased through her website. www.marthajanepetersen.com
Samuel Rutland '89 (DMIN) was honorably retired as pastor of Miami Shores Presbyterian Church, Miami, FL.
Jack Daniels '90 (MATS) '98 (THM) recently published Gossiping Jesus: the Oral Processing of Jesus in John’s Gospel. https://wipfandstock.com/store/Gossiping_Jesus_The_Oral_Processing_of_Jesus_in Johns_Gospel
Jane Dasher '93 is pediatric chaplain at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY. After serving congregations in North Carolina, the DC area, Niagara Falls, NY and an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation in the Buffalo area, she is now completing a Master of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership from SUNY/Buffalo State College.
Mary Beth Lawson '93 and Scott Lawson '93 are still living and working in Hong Kong. Mary Beth is serving Methodist International Church and Scott is CEO of a non-profit.
David Murad '96 is director of development at Presbyterian Pan American School, Kingsville, TX.
Gregory Cruice '97 was honorably retired in Fruitland, FL.
Steve Lindsley '97 is pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC.
Eugene Diamond '98 was the guest speaker at New Mt. Moriah Christian Ministry’s homecoming celebration in St. Augustine, FL.
Lynn Gifford '98 is temporary supply at First Presbyterian Church, Eufaula, AL.
Kenneth Jarvis '99 (DMIN) was honorably retired as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Vandalia, MO.
Shannon Kershner '99 was featured in an article from Presbyterian News Service entitled Breaking down barriers – North Carolina Pastor Shatters Glass and Other Ceilings.
Robert Sharman '99 is interim vice-president for seminary relations at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Keith Morrison '00 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Union, SC and also stated supply at Cane Creek Presbyterian Church, also in Union. SC.
Jim Simpson '00 (DMIN) is interim pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church in Blue Ridge, GA.
Ruth Lovell '01 is engaged to Laurence Bo Bradham, Jr.
Donald Stewart '02 (DMIN) is working on his PhD in Theology at the University of the West Indies and is pastor of Portmore Lane Covenant Community Church in Jamaica. Outskirts Press, self-publishing and book marketing service provider, announced a dedicated Pinterest page highlighting his collection of 17 books ranging from self-help tomes to books dealing with complex religious and social issues.
Jody Moore '03 is designated pastor of Outer Banks Presbyterian Church, Outer Banks, NC.
John Brearley '04 (DMIN) is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach, SC.
Phil Hagen '04 and wife Michelle are proud parents of son Jack, born September 6, 2013.
Mary Newberg Gale '04 and James Gale '04 are proud parents of a baby girl, Fiona Catherine, born Sept. 24, 2013.
John Weicher '04 and Laurie Taylor Weicher '05 are proud parents of a baby girl, Lucy Elizabeth, born August 27, 2013.
Elizabeth Soileau Acton '05 and Andy Acton '05 have a baby boy, Davis Henry Acton, born November 29, 2013.
Ben Acton '05 has been installed as associate pastor for education and youth ministries at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL.
Ashley '05 and Rebekah '14 Lamar, along with big brother, Sam and big sister, Ann Thomas, welcomed another son, James David Lamar, to the family September 24, 2013.
Ben Moravitz '05 (THD) is pastor of Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Marietta, GA.
Clay Thomas '05 and Tricia Dillon Thomas '06 are proud parents of a new baby girl, Wilder Greer Thomas, born November 25th.
Katie Heim Hudson '06 and husband Blake are proud parents of twin girls Ellie and Joanna, born November 7, 2013.
Brandon Brewer '06 is chaplain practice manager at Hospice of the Chesapeake in Pasadena, MD. He recently completed a Specialty Certificate in Palliative Care Chaplaincy from the California State University Institute for Palliative Care at California State University, San Marcos. He also serves as parish associate at Knox Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD.
Chris Henry '07 and Sara Hayden '08 are proud parents of a son, Samuel Joshua Henry, born Sept. 16, 2013.
Sharon Acton Schuler '07 was installed as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Fort Walton Beach, FL. Husband John Schuler '06 preached the installation sermon.
Kendall Pearson '07 is co-director of ministry for children and their families at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA. She also works full-time as children’s and adolescent case manager at Region Ten Community Services Board.
Jill Tolbert '07 will be working with the Presbyterian Student Center at the University of Georgia in early 2014.
Collin Adams '08 appeared on the TV game show “Jeopardy” Sept. 23, 2013. Collin is pastor of Pollocksville Presbyterian Church, Pollocksville, NC.
Davis Bailey '08 and Julie Bailey '09 are proud parents of Elizabeth Maureen Bailey born Oct. 14, 2013.
Morgan Hay '08 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Peachtree City, GA.
John Lattimore '08 and wife Marianne are proud parents of a daughter, Carolyn “Carrie” Elizabeth, born Sept. 26, 2013.
Searcy “Buz” Wilcoxon '08 is pastor of Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, Mobile, AL.
Andy Wing '08 is pastor of Ramah Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC.
Erin Kobs '09 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, St. James, MN.
David Rogers '09 is interim pastor of Conyers Presbyterian Church, Conyers, GA.
Dean Linsdey '10 (DMIN) is pastor of State College Presbyterian Church in State College, PA.
Leigh Ann Min '10 is chaplain at Shelby Baptist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL.
Megan Saavedra '10 and husband Raul have a new baby daughter, Inez Sofia, born Sept. 19, 2013.
Yvonne Thurmond '10 was featured in an article from PC (USA) news. She is a 2012 Resident of the “For Such a Time as This” program of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. She has been providing effective leadership at the Quaker Meadows Presbyterian Church in Morganton, NC for more than two years.
Mary Kathleen Duncan '11 and husband David are proud parents of a daughter, Mary Eliza, Sept. 21, 2013.
Christine Kaplunas '11 is pastor of Unity Presbyterian Church in Clarkesville, IA. She was ordained November 10th.
Elizabeth Meador '11 is pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Independence, MO.
Kati Salmons '11 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, St. Paul NE.
Daeseung Teddy Son '11 and wife Youn Bae have a baby boy, Luke, born September 28, 2013.
Jarda Alexander '12 was ordained November 17th at Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, GA and has accepted a call at the VA San Diego, CA Healthcare System as a Chaplain CPE Supervisory education student. She is working on board certification and supervisor candidacy.
Stephanie Crumpton '12 (ThD) is assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling at Hood Theological Seminary and will deliver the message celebrating the Holy Season of Advent through the observance of the Service of Lessons and Carols on December 6th.
Heather Ferguson '12 (D.Ed.Min.) is director of Christian education at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC.
Rose McCurdy '12 is spiritual care coordinator at Aserna Care Hospice in Green Bay, WI.
Christin Johnson Norman'12 is pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church in Woodland, CA.
Jennifer Parr '12 is a licensed minister for the Wesleyan Church and currently working at Bold Beginnings International Church in Ellenwood, GA.
Sheldon Steen'12 was ordained Sept. 29, 2013 and is pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Jasper, FL.
Coenraad Brand '13 and wife Kristena are becoming church planters with ECO (Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians).
Alan Dyer '13 was ordained June 2, 2013 as associate pastor of St. Simons Presbyterian Church, St. Simons Island, GA.
Dan McCurdy '13 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Weyauwega, WI.
Durwood Broughton '94 (DMIN) on October 17, 2013
Jim Fisher '93 (DMIN) on September 20, 2013
Burney Hay Gardner '50 on December 2, 2013
Irwin P. Gates '57 on October 30, 2013
Ben Haden '63 on October 25, 2013
Bill Hammond '52 on September 18, 2013
Norman Harris II '94 on November 24, 2013
Frank Mayes '62 on August 31, 2013
Sidney Maxwell '55 on January 9, 2013
Hugh McClure '54 on April 24, 2013
Frank Ornburn '88 (DMIN) on October 18, 2013
Robert E. Smith '42 on May 21, 2013
Robert E. Weaver '64 on September 12, 2013
Robert I. White '54 on October 14, 2013
William T. Wing, Jr.'47 on August 26, 2013